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'''Clarence "Tom" Ashley''' (September 29, 1895 – June 2, 1967) was an American musician and singer, who played the clawhammer banjo and the guitar. He began performing at medicine shows in the Appalachia|Southern Appalachian region as early as 1911, and gained initial fame during the late 1920s as both a solo recording artist and as a member of various String band (American music)|string bands. After his "rediscovery" during the American folk music revival|folk revival of the 1960s, Ashley spent the last years of his life playing at folk music concerts, including appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.Colin Larkin (ed.), "Clarence Tom Ashley", ''The Encyclopedia of Popular Music'', Vol. 1 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), p. 272
Birth nameClarence Earl McCurry
AliasTom Ashley, Thomas C. Ashley
Birth date{{birth date|1895|9|29}}
Birth placeBristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|1967|6|2|1895|9|29}}
Death placeWinston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
InstrumentBanjo, guitar
GenreFolk music|Folk
OccupationMusician
Years activec. 1928–1943, 1960–1967
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